triv·​ia | \ ˈtri-vē-ə How to pronounce trivia (audio) \

Definition of trivia

: unimportant matters : trivial facts or details also singular in construction : a quizzing game involving obscure facts

Examples of trivia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Virtual Karaoke, Bingo and Trivia The six-year old Gaythering hotel in Miami, which caters to the L.G. B. T. Q. community, has taken its weekly karaoke, bingo and trivia nights online. Charu Suri, New York Times, "Fee Waivers, Virtual Art Shows and Online Cooking Lessons," 22 Mar. 2020 Smith, however, said the agency pushed the state to loosen those, allowing facilities to use systems for morning devotions and activities, such as trivia or bingo. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Visiting from afar: Families get creative to combat isolation from coronavirus among loved ones in nursing homes, assisted-living centers," 22 Mar. 2020 Casting: Send video from your iOS or Android device to Chromecast and get access to the cast and crew details, trivia and more via X-Ray on your mobile device while watching on the big screen. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Self-isolating? Try these awesome tips for Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ and Apple TV+," 20 Mar. 2020 The festival's Anderson & Roe Piano Duo and trivia event on Saturday and Sunday have also been canceled at the museum. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Phoenix museums, arts venues: What's open, closed, canceled during coronavirus outbreak," 13 Mar. 2020 Plans are for a story time for kids, spoken word (poetry reading and personal readings), yoga and trivia night. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "5 things to know about the new Proving Grounds Coffee in Royal Oak," 6 Feb. 2020 The old indoor bowling alley recently reopened for private parties, while the even older basement bar called the Rathskeller reopened to the public with live music and trivia nights. René A. Guzman,, "Old Hermann Sons window sees new life at the San Antonio landmark," 28 Jan. 2020 Learn fun wine anecdotes and Madeira trivia on a Funchal walking tour or an exploration of the island’s vineyards with Wine Tours Madeira. National Geographic, "Try the coveted wine that made this Portuguese island famous," 10 Jan. 2020 Does knowing more trivia help someone build a better car or advance particle physics or write a more touching ballad? Greg Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Vicious Cycles," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of trivia

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trivia

New Latin, back-formation from Latin trivialis

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The first known use of trivia was in 1920

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25 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trivia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trivia

: unimportant facts or details
: facts about people, events, etc., that are not well-known


noun plural
triv·​ia | \ ˈtri-vē-ə How to pronounce trivia (audio) \

Kids Definition of trivia

: interesting facts that are not well-known
Hint: Trivia can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

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